Organised Crime from a Global Perspective (Aut) (L4116A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

We introduce you to the idea of organised crime groups from a socio-political perspective, bridging the local, global and transnational levels.

This module covers organised crime in theory and practice. You’ll gain an advanced critical understanding of organised crime across a broad set of topics and perspectives.

We will:

  • contextualise organised crime and institutional innovation and responses to it within the social, economic, political and cultural spheres
  • understand the nature, evolution and significance of organised criminal activities in today’s world
  • situate this in relation to broader debates about justice in society and critically analyse diverse responses to it.


33%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)
33%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: